7 Jillian Michaels Weight Loss Tips

Jillian Michaels might have become a household name after appearing on “The Biggest Loser,” but you shouldn’t discount her advice due to her popularity. There is a lot of advice that she has to offer, but of them all, these are the top 8 that you have to know if you want to start changing  your life for the better.

Before we get into here is a video where she goes over 5 weight loss tips that you can implement today:

Tip #1: Do a Full Body Workout… Not Just Your Stomach

jillian-michaelsYou can do sit ups all you want and not have a six pack. I did ab workouts until I dropped and never had one. Look, a lack of muscles is not the problem here. You more than likely have a good deal of muscle tissue there, but you just can’t see it because of the fat that lives on top of it.

To get a flat stomach, you have to workout your entire body. Jillian has a series of DVD options that can help you do that. Circuit training helps build muscle all over your body, but it also helps get rid of the fat that is hiding your true figure. She recommends a circuit of 4-5 exercises that will wear you out and burn every ounce of fat off of you.

Tip #2: Stay Positive

A positive attitude can get you a long way in life. Jillian has had to train some difficult people and has learned how to do just that. When you are on your own though, it is even more important. Try these:

  • Never say that you can’t have something. Think, “I choose not to have dessert.”
  • Don’t weigh yourself every day. Your weight can fluctuate, too many scale trips will only discourage you.
  • Set small goals so that you don’t have to think about how far away you are.
  • If you start to feel discouraged, do a quick set of squats to help you feel better about your efforts.

Tip #3: Get Some Sleep

A lack of sleep will turn you into a zombie. That’s the least of your worries if you are trying to lose weight. If you are working out a lot, 7 hours a day can be enough if you are a busy person.

Something to keep in mind is that you should be getting that sleep at the same time every single night. Go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. Don’t get upset if you slip up the first few times, but try to build a sleep schedule.  Naps aren’t a bad thing either, especially for adults but you need to keep them at 20-25 minutes at the most. But let me stress on it again,  a proper sleep schedule is very important.

Tip #4: Throw Out Your Pantry

If you have unhealthy food sitting around in your pantry, you’re going to eat it. Even if you plan on saving it for your “cheat day” it might not make it that long. Buy an unhealthy restaurant meal if you want, but don’t keep it in your house.

You might not be able to eat an entire box of Oreos on your cheat day if that is what you want, but don’t be tempted to save them for the next weekend. Excuses, excuses, excuses. If you have a weakness for junk food, you have no reason to have it around you.

Tip #5: Don’t Drink Calories

I love Coca Cola, I’ve made that clear if you’ve read any of my previous articles. Unfortunately, that is one of the first things that Jillian points out. That includes any beverage that has calories in it. It is way too easy to add 300 calories to your day just by having a couple of glasses of juice, beer, Kool-Aid, or sweet tea. Juice seems healthy, but you’d be better off eating an orange.

Tip#6: Stop Sitting Around

Of course she recommends exercise, but she also means that you shouldn’t be sitting around when you aren’t working out. Even if you get a good workout in every day, sitting the rest of the time will cause some unhealthy problems.

If you work at a desk, convert it to a standing one. Or at the very least move around a couple of times an hour. Spend just 5 minutes every half hour walking. Even that small amount of activity will improve your life and it will add to your weight loss efforts.

Tip #7: Skip The Carbs At Dinner

Jillian isn’t a big fan of cutting out carbs completely, but she points out that you should avoid them at dinner. The whole, eating before bed idea doesn’t carry much weight. You won’t gain weight by eating before bed, but you will if you have a lot of carbohydrates.

A compound effect happens when you have carbs at dinner. First, excess carbohydrates do nothing but create fat when they aren’t used. At night, there is no reason that your body won’t turn those carbohydrates to fat. On top of that, the carbohydrates are going to stop you from entering REM sleep the way that you should.

Putting Them Into Action

It is incredibly important that you actually put a few of these tips into practice. You should already have your diet in order and exercise on a regular basis. If that isn’t enough for you to see the kinds of results that you want, any number of these can be just the thing that will push you over the edge. I have always been surprised at how much a single change can affect your weight loss.

Bonus: Compilation of the Best Of Jillian Michaels Tips

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